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Intrinsic behavior of FCC supra crystals of nanocrystals self organized on mesoscopic scale

M.P. Pileni Chaos,2005,15, 47504-47510.

We describe intrinsic behavior due to the high ordering of nanocrystals at the mesoscopic scale. The first example shows well-defined columns in the formation of cobalt nanocrystals when an applied magnetic field is applied during the evaporation process. Collective breathing properties between nanocrystals are demonstrated. In both cases, these features are observed when the nanocrystals are highly ordered in fcc supra-crystals.

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From wormlike to spherical palladium nanocrystals: Digestive ripening.

Similar wormlike palladium nanocrystals are produced by various synthetic methods such as reverse micelles and phase-transfer reactions. Palladium nanocrystals, stabilized by dodecylamine as a coating agent, are produced by chemical reduction of PdCl2  by sodium borohydride, NaBH4. A soft digestive ripening process, without any reflux, in which wormlike palladium particles go to sphere is observed in the presence of a rather large amount of dodecanethiol. The wormlike particle diameter is similar to that of the spheres produced.



source.. From wormlike to spherical palladium nanocrystals: Digestive ripening.
K. Naoe, C. Petit and M.P. Pileni J. Phys. Chem. C,2007,111, 16249-16254.

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Au nanocrystal superlattices: nanocrystallinity, vicinal surfaces, and growth processes

D.M. Smilgies,Ruipeng Liand M. P. Pileni Nanoscale, 2018, DOI: 10.1039/C8NR04606A

Vicinal Au supracrystal surfaces were prepared  from Ausinglesingle domain nanocrystals (NCs) whereas by replacing Ausingleby their polycrystalline counterparts common low-energy supracrystal surfaces are produced.  By analogy to atomic crystalline surfaces, we propose a mechanism to explain formation of such unexpected supracrystal vicinal surfaces, composed of only AusingleNCs are non-compact (bctstructure) with coherent alignment of the atomic planes oriented along the [111] superlattice axis and a slight tilt configuration  (8.1°) of NCs.  In presence of Co() NCs, these Ausinglesupracrystals loose both the slightly tilted configuration of NCs and their orientational order leading to a superlattice transition from bctto fcc. In contrast, supracrystals of AupolyNCs are unsensitive to the presence of Co() NCs. These intriguing structural changes obtained with Ausinglecompared to Aupolysupracrystals in absence and presence of Co() NCs could explain the formation of vicinal surfaces. Note, the solvent used to disperse the nanocrystals plays a key parameter in the formation of supracrystal vicinal surfaces. Here a new analogy between supracrystals and atomic crystals is presented.